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's constitutional and everybody knows it is a cover for a strategic retreat from the principle that john boehner articulated earlier that the only amount of debt limit increase that's going to pass is going to have dollar for dollar spending cuts. that's very hard to do, for democrats, for republicans, for anybody in washington, and so he's backed away from that, and now he's going to try to see if he can pass it with republican votes. the importance of this principle from a democratic point of view is they've broken with the idea that the debt limit is so important that it needs to be enforced. that's why senate democrats say they will pass this next week by an overwhelming margin if it passes the house. the white house says it won't block it and house democrats, if you read between the lines, they're urging their members to vote against it, but they don't mind this proposal one bit. here is chris van hollen, the ranking democrat on the house budget committee today. >> the good news is that our congressional republican olleagues have finally recognized that america must pay its bills and meet i
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